Many years ago now I began to collage. I would collect words, images, thoughts and quotes. I would quietly glue them down on paper. I would write in my journal. They invited me, but I was afraid to move. They challenged me, but I cowered. This collage I did on December 9, 2006. Step out! It […]
I find my life is in a conversation between grief and celebration. Sadness catches in my throat when I go grocery shopping now, but I smile when I see the the electric carts lined up waiting for shoppers. As I wander through the food aisles, I listen for the beeps that used to call me […]
“He had the rare gift of knowing how to be at once troubled and unperturbed. When light was needed, he was light. When stone was needed, he was stone.” Written of Czeslaw Milosz, by Leon Wieseltier. It is time for the light of hope and the strength of stone. I hope that you will continue […]
I want to unfold. Let no place in me hold itself closed, for where I am closed, I am false. Rilke I want to live true.
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. TS Eliot I continue the journey. I am grateful for the journey. I am knowing the place…for the first time.
I am thinking about three words that I want to explore. I want to lean into their meanings. I want to learn from their etymologies and their histories. I want to learn to live these words in my daily life. Empathy. Integrity. Civility. I need to learn about these words because I want to live […]
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. Henry David Thoreau
“Your problem is you want to tell the truth; nobody wants to hear the truth.” bell hooks I love this quote. bell hooks is an English professor, but she is revealing a therapy secret. Truth: Most folks would rather fuss over facts than see the reality that is right in front of them. Makes life […]
At the still point of the turning world, Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is. TS Eliot Sitting beside my father, quietly breathing with him, between the beeps and the alarms of his ICU room, has taught me a little bit more about stillness. How there […]
This tree was planted by my great-grandfather, Frederick Mellencamp. My father grew up with it. How he loved this tree and the ground on which it stands. I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh […]